I’m happy to say, that I’ve recently acquired a Fellenbaum octave mandolin made by Tom Fellenbaum, owner of Acoustic Corner in Black Mountain, NC.
Four years ago I contacted Tom about building an octave mandolin. We talked about it briefly, but then I didn’t have the funds at the time to pull the trigger. Turns out, that at the same time I was talking to him, another fellow was too. He even wanted the same scale length and wood choices. So Tom went ahead and cut out the top, neck, back and sides for two octave mandolins. He build the mandolin for the other guy, and had the pieces of the second mandolin hanging around his shop.
Fast forward to two months ago. I contacted Tom again. My work is going well, and I had some extra funds. He said, all I have to do is put it (the pieces) together!
I picked it up yesterday and couldn’t be happier. It’s got a rich tone and good volume. The scale length 21 3/4 is perfect for me. It allows me to play chords when I don’t know the tune, and play the melody easy enough when I do. Here is a quick sound clip, playing the Far Away Waltz and the Ten Penny Bit.
Tom is a fantastic, professional and timely builder/artist. The instrument was done a few days before the estimated completion, and the fit and finish are gorgeous.
Glad I got her before his wait list exploded!